Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a media conference call today (Jun 4, 2013) in advance of UFC 161: "Evans vs Henderson" which will take place next weekend (June 15) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadal.
The conference call will begin at 4 p.m. ET. Scheduled to attend will be the headlining fighters of the evening: Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic as well as UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright.
Both Evans and Henderson are coming off disappointing losses which knocked them out of immediate title contentions. Evans was upset by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via lackluster decision while Henderson came up short in a number one contender match against Lyoto Machida. Both men have reached the pinnacle of the sport and are looking for an opportunity to return there..
Roy Nelson has been on a spectacular run of late, winning three straight fights all via first round knockout. "Big Country" has climbed back into the top 10 and is hoping one more impressive showing will place him among the top title contenders in the UFC heavyweight division. His opponent, Stipe Miocic, was a top prospect at heavyweight before suffering the first loss of his career to Stefan Struve last year. He accepted the fight on short notice against Nelson when no one else would and is hoping ot rebound in a big way.
Both Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio Rua were expected to participate in the call, but with the injury to Nogueiraand with "Shogun" being unable to find a suitable replacement capable of competing in Canada on time, the bout has been removed from the event.
Brian Hemminger here. The conference call will begin at 4 p.m. ET.
4:10 - We're getting started
Roy Nelson: I wish I would have had more time to give fans 100 percent of Roy Nelson, but you do it for the fans and the company.
Roy Nelson: Stipe wouldn't be here if he wasn't one of the best in the world.
Stipe Miocic: I'll try to not let him dictate what he wants to do. Stay away from that right hand and do what I want to do.
Rashad Evans: I'm not really honestly, the whole title shot is not on my mind. I just want to go and fight and whatever happens after that happens. I don't really care.
Hendo: Obviously, it was something that was supposed to happen last year and didn't. I'd like to fight Jon Jones. I feel like I have unfinished business there, but I'm 100 percent focused on this fight. Rashad is extremely tough and dangerous. I need to make sure I'm focused.
Tom Wright: Fighters get hurt, but they also perform. I have confident that every fighter will put on a great show and Winnipeg will not be disappointed.
Tom Wright: I can tell you Dana and Joe Silva were working very hard to find someone to come in on a short period of time. A whole bunch of circumstances came into play and it was decided to let a Chael/Rua fight happen later. We've got the first ever women's fight in Canada so nothing I can comment to specifically but it is what it is.
Rashad Evans: I've addressed the issues where I felt I was wrong. For the most part, I have to have a short memory on that thing. If you hold onto it too long, it can happen again. I have to go out there and do it. Second guessing myself won't get me any closer to fighting to the best of my abilities. I am ready to put on the fight I trained for.
Dan Henderson: I came here in January and I didn't get to see much of Winnipeg because I didn't get outside at all. I'm sure June will be better and I'm looking forward to being outside now.
Rashad Evans: It was a pleasant surprise for the UFC to have faith in me to close out the show.
Dan Henderson: Lyoto is a different fighter than most everyone else. I didn't perform to my best and I could have done some things differently, but it's hard to fight a guy that doesn't want to fight ya. I could have done some things differently, been more aggressive, but I'm feeling definitely confident and ready for this fight. This training camp has been great. I don't think it affects what my performance will be in this fight.
Roy Nelson: I think it's just that I represent America. I'm just there to break it into the mainstream for everybody.
Roy Nelson: People that tend to be in our sport tend to abuse performance enhancing drugs and that's why I don't look like a typical UFC fighter.
Roy Nelson: This is definitely a skilled sport and we're athletes. I think I have more skills than the other guys. Just like UFC 1, it was the smaller, more technical guy that beat everybody.
Roy Nelson: Most guys can't grow a full head of hair and the beard, that's just something to do.
Roy Nelson: Anybody in the UFC is the top of the food chain. If we weren't, we wouldn't be in the UFC. That's why none of the heavyweights can hold the belt for more than two fights at a time unless they're fighting the same guys over and over. On any given day, I know I can beat anybody up and knock anybody out.
Stipe Miocic: It's why I picked the fight. We're all trying to get to the top and that's why we do what we do.
Roy Nelson: I think I got offered Daniel Cormier and he turned it down and they went down the list, Travis Browne et cetera. Stipe was on the card already and he was the only one that stepped up.
That's a wrap